certified nurse administrator
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certified nurse administrator (CNA)
a nurse who supervises nursing staff, establishes work schedules and budgets, maintains medical supply inventories, and manages resources to ensure high-quality patient care. To apply for certification, a nurse must have an active RN license; hold a baccalaureate degree in nursing (or higher); have held an administrative position as a nurse manager or nurse executive, a faculty position teaching graduate students nursing administration, or a nursing management or executive consultation position, for at least 24 months full-time equivalent in the previous 5 years; have completed 30 hours of continuing education in nursing administration within the previous 3 years; and pass the credentialing examination by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Nurses seeking to renew their certification must hold an active RN license and meet a variety of professional development requirements.